Friday, December 21, 2012

News: Dec 21, 2012

Les Miz spills with emotion, beauty
To transform the much-beloved Les Miserables from stage to screen, director Tom Hooper had find a way to maintain — and amplify — the emotional power of the original words and music with the trappings of a big-screen production.
His efforts have created a beautiful and moving version of the stage production that’s loyal enough to its origins to appease Broadway musical fans, yet is theatrical enough to stand as a feature film release. (

With 'Les Miz', a new kind of speech for Hooper
Hooper has already developed a reputation as an actor's director, having steered Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush ("The King's Speech") and Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney ("John Adams") to acting honors. The performances in "Les Miz" — given room for spontaneity and framed in close-up — have been widely hailed, including those of Russell Crowe (the police chief Javert), Eddie Redmayne (the revolutionary Marius) and particularly Anne Hathaway, who as the tragic Fantine sings the show-stopping "I Dreamed a Dream" in one take. (Wood TV)

'Les Miserables' movie relies on close-ups for emotional punch
For British director Tom Hooper, the key to turning "Les Miserables" from the wildly popular stage musical to a cinematic experience both sweeping and intimate, was all in the close-up. (Buenos Aires Herald)

Victorious boys from Oz take the world by storm as Les Miserables premieres in Sydney

"This is our last stop on the promotional tour and it makes it all the more special that it is here at home with my family and friends," Jackman said.

His good mate Crowe added: "What you see here is a friendship that has developed over two decades and a respect and understanding for what each other brings to their craft. That doesn't get the fine point on it until you get on set and work together. (

Jackman, Crowe premiere 'Les Mis' in Australia
Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe had some fun with the photographers on the red carpet for the Australian premiere of Les Miserables Friday. The movie, which is earning rave reviews and plenty of Oscar buzz, opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. (USA Today)

Hugh Jackman & Russell Crowe interview on The Project-Les Miserables

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